(Happy Babe Ruth Day. It was 69 years ago today that a dying Babe Ruth was honored with his own day at Yankee Stadium. Let's recognize that with a little Cardboard Appreciation. This is the 239th in a series):
It's not like me to pay homage to a Yankee.
But when a Yankee completes a set -- an insert set at that, a second insert set at that, then I must put allegiances aside and ... ack ... honor a Yankee.
This particular card, which I received from Dennis at Too Many Verlanders just the other day (I'll show how he decimated my Nebulous 9 on another post), finishes off the More Tales of the Game insert set from 2010 Update, which was a continuation of the Tales of the Game insert set in the flagship set that year.
This is one of my favorite insert series of the last five or six years, because I do love cards that tell a story. The set is a little too heavy on Yankees (imagine that, Topps overemphasizing the Yankees). But it does a good job of conveying the well-told stories handed down from generation to generation, as well as adding some new stories from recent years.
The Ruth Laps The League card is based on his performance in 1920 when he it 54 home runs, which was more than any other team hit that year.
The photo on the card looks like a painting. Perhaps it is. I can't even tell if it's really Ruth. Maybe it's William Bendix or John Goodman.
No matter. The More Tales of the Game set is complete. As is the Tales of the Game set.
Let's see them all together (I've shown them together on at least a couple of posts, but this time you really are seeing ALL OF THEM).
It only took me 5-plus years!
Happy Babe Ruth Day everyone.